[Film posted by Ted Nelson, with Larry's cooperation--the original is now lost.]
Larry Moyer was a super-colorful figure in Sausalito, who died recently-- see Larry Moyer-- some notes
He had been a film-maker (they paid him to put extra nude scenes into an Ingmar Bergman movie, to Bergman's outrage),he had had his own dance studios, he had pulled bodies out after the Pearl Harbor bombing.
Questioned by the FBI, he became a Communist and went to Russia-- and hated it. Some Chinese guys in Moscow offered him a free trip to China, our ambassador (Christian Herter) asked him not to go, and he went. Along with folksingers Peggy Seeger and Guy Carawan.
Borrowing a 16mm camera, he sent footage back that was edited by newsreel guys. This film (silent and uncaptioned-- you have to see it for yourself) was the result.
The REMARKABLE footage shows China in 1957-- farms, houseboats, cities, HARD WORK-- and closeups of Zhuo Enlai, who is amazingly charismatic.
August 29, 2020 Subject:
All this and Mao too
Very good film here of what appears to be a group of Westerners to China. They look to have quite a lot of access to large cities and small towns. Well, I'm sure there were places they couldn't go, but this is a very good representation. All sorts of images of villagers, industry and arts on display. A lot of them haven'r seen a movie camera before, so they're all amazed. And we get Chairman Mao at the end! Reccomended!